In today's work-from-home culture, sensitive personal and work-related information is being shared through messaging platforms like WhatsApp. Hence, it has become important to know the best practices and critical settings users need to have in place to secure their WhatsApp accounts and chats. Here are simple ways through which users can secure their WhatsApp accounts:
Keep WhatsApp up to date
WhatsApp developers are always finding bugs and errors in the applications code. Hackers can potentially use these bugs and errors to mess with users' devices. Developers fix these bugs and errors via the release of updates to the application. Hence, it is important for security purposes that users always keep their WhatsApp up to date. Keeping the app up to date will also allow users to access the latest features on WhatsApp.
Setting up two-step-verification on WhatsApp
WhatsApp has a two-step verification process which ensures that other users or hackers cannot take control of a particular user's account without access to a PIN code. This PIN is generated by the account owner.
How to enable two-step verification
Once this feature is enabled, WhatsApp will periodically ask users to enter the six-digit PIN before accessing the app. This is done to ensure that users remember their PIN. Users can reset the PIN through the e-mail ID they had provided.
Nowadays, many smartphones have fingerprint-based to Face-ID-based biometric security lock features. WhatsApp allows users to enable these biometric locks to restrict access to the application.
How to enable fingerprint lock on Whatsapp
Disable WhatsApp chat backup
Unlike regular WhatsApp chats, the backup is not end-to-end encrypted. WhatsApp chat backups are usually stored on Google Drive for Android users or iCloud for iOS users. Hackers and other miscreants can gain access to a user's WhatsApp chats through these cloud services. If users really want their chats to be secure, they should disable the chat backup feature on WhatsApp and wait until the developers come out with end-to-end encryption for the backup.
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